The Boston Globe has a long, well-sourced article on how Mitt Romney snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Frankly, the whole article is enough to make any sane person ill. However, here is what has to be the money quote:
More than being reticent, Romney was at first far from sold on a second presidential run. Haunted by his 2008 loss, he initially told his family he would not do it. While candidates often try to portray themselves as reluctant, Tagg insisted his father’s stance was genuine. “He wanted to be president less than anyone I’ve met in my life. He had no desire to . . . run,” said Tagg, who worked with his mother, Ann, to persuade his father to seek the presidency. “If he could have found someone else to take his place . . . he would have been ecstatic to step aside. He is a very private person who loves his family deeply and wants to be with them, but he has deep faith in God and he loves his country, but he doesn’t love the attention.”
Good God Almighty.
The Achilles heel of the Romney campaign was his inability to state why he wanted to become president, apart from the fact that he seemed bereft of things to do with his free time. Now we know why this was so–he never really wanted the job to begin with, but was pushed into it by his family. If he did not want to run, he should not have run. People knocked Sarah Palin for dropping out, but at least she had the guts and sense to say that her heart was not in it.
As it was, Romney ran a halfhearted, inept campaign and handed the presidency to Obama on a platter. Sadly, because Romney had been signalling his intention to run since 2008 and sucked up all the campaign cash and endorsements well before the primary season even began, other viable candidates either dropped out of the race early on, or did not jump in the fray to begin with. Meanwhile, his organization, his financing, and his scorched earth campaign against the people who did run (which included more than a few dirty tricks, deceitful campaign ads, and much more gamesmanship than salesmanship), sabotaged any hope that someone else would be the nominee.
Yet, he did not want to job to begin with.
What a complete loser.